March 2, 2016 - Sept. 4, 2016


When it debuted, THE EFFECT took London by storm, winning BEST NEW PLAY from the UK Critics’ Circle. Now, award-winning director DAVID CROMER (Our Town, Tribes) helms a new American production of this exhilarating play in the first collaboration between THE NATIONAL THEATRE, JEAN DOUMANIAN PRODUCTIONS and BARROW STREET THEATRE.

Hearts racing. Minds reeling. Knees buckling. Connie and Tristan have palpable chemistry—or is it a side effect of a new super-antidepressant? They are volunteers in a clinical trial, but their sudden and illicit romance forces the supervising doctors to face off over the ethical consequences of their work. From LUCY PREBBLE, “one of the UK’s hottest new playwrights” (The Telegraph), THE EFFECT takes on our pill-popping culture with humor and scintillating drama.



"A KNOCKOUT! Lucy Prebble's very clever play is artfully directed by David Cromer. A ravishment of the senses."
- Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"THE EFFECT DELIVERS! And between the topnotch acting and director David Cromer's brisk staging it's easy to go with it. A crackling good play about love, medicine and morals. THE EFFECT asks provocative questions about the head and the heart. It also manages to appeal to both. Win Win."
- Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News

"Critics Pick! Excites the mind."
- David Cote, Time Out NY

"Love and science collide in this intense, affecting drama."
- AP

"An impeccable production. David Cromer is a terrific director."
- Michael Giltz, The Huffington Post